National Webinar on “Recent Trends in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Support Systems in Indian”

The Department of Commerce, St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous), Jakhama in collaboration with IQAC and Margdarshak Advisory, Guwahati, Assam conducted a Two- Day National Webinar on “Recent Trends in Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Support Systems in Indian” from 27th to 28th September, 2021.

Rev. Fr. Peter Solo, Dean of Science, SJC(A) in his welcome address spoke on the importance of entrepreneurship and the need to educate young minds in areas of creative thinking resulting in entrepreneurial activities. The Keynote Speaker for the National Webinar, Dr. Sriparna Bhuyan Baruah, Head, Center for Industrial Extension(CIE), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati and Chief Advisor, Margdarshak Advisory, speaking on the “Emerging Entrepreneur Landscape- Challenges and Opportunities” said ‘the privileged, powerful and informed set of entrepreneurs know their potentials, possibilities and opportunities that are available’. Further she said “Youths not from business families still ignored entrepreneurship as a means to earning ones livelihood”.

During the First Technical Session, the Resource person, Mr. Parag Phukan who is a Management Consultant, Professional Corporate Trainer of Management Institute and Universities and Emplaned Principal Consultant and an Adviser of National Productivity Council (NPC), speaking on the topic: “Charms of Being an Entrepreneurial Student” said that according to a worldwide survey, student entrepreneurialism is booming all over the world, more so in the prevailing pandemic environment as a sizeable number of enterprising students are keen to convert prevailing adversities into opportunities. Student entrepreneurs tend to break traditional barriers like competition with others & secrecy as prevalent among other regular entrepreneurs. Students always prefer to work with other students & friends with a strong community feeling.

 The Resource Person for the Second Technical Session, Mr. Rajeev Gupta, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder and President of TIE Guwahati, speaking on “Emerging Entrepreneurial Scope and Opportunities” said some of the industry opportunities for North East India are Tourism, Agri products, Wineries, Organic Mushroom production, Electric Vehicle, Livestock, Piggery, Software testing, Pet care, Health and Wellness, and Dairy related activities.

The webinar concluded with the Third Technical Session. The Resource Person Shri Pranab Kumar Sarmah, Retd. Head, Centre for Entrepreneurship Education, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and Managing Director, Margdarshak Advisory, spoke on the topic “Entreprise Growth: Importance of Government Support System”. He highlighted the various Government schemes and approaches such as the Prime Minister’s MUDRA scheme, Skill India Mission, Kuashal Vikash Yojana, Start-up India, Stand-up India and on the existence of various support agencies for entrepreneurs who are in need of services such as financial, technical, managerial, marketing, resource, etc.

The Moderator for both days session was Mr. Swapnanil Talukdar aka A Social Engineer (Innovation Scholar & Ashoka Youth Venturer, who shares his interest in Strategic Consultation, Start-Up mentoring and Youth Development. He is the Director of Aryabhatta Consultancy and Founder of Social Engineer Academy, he has received: IGNITE-14 Award by Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (Former President of India) and selected for ‘Innovation Scholars In-Residence Program’ during the leadership of Late Shri Pranab Mukherjee at President’s House India. He also worked in ISEI- NASA’s project in the year 2017 and ever since have been exploring different start-up avenues and working globally with Spiela – UK, Y2Y Initiative – Lithuania, etc. to name a few.

The Convenor of the National Webinar Mrs. Thejanuo Fidelia, Former Head, Department of Commerce and Assistant Professor , St. Joseph’s College(Autonomous) shared that some of the follow up actions of the National Webinar will be setting up an Entrepreneurship and Skill Development Cell at the College and that they are also looking forward to signing MoU’s with Margdarshak Advisory and the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) Guwahati which is the HQ of Entrepreneurship in India.